Oklahoma Legislature Ends VAM in Teacher Evaluations

By Sally Absher If Oklahoma is the “Sooner State” then Tennessee must be the “Later State.” At least, concerning passing legislation to end the use of the highly controversial “value added model” (VAM) in teacher evaluations. Brian Washington reports on Educationvotes.org that House Bill 2957, which was recently signed into law by Oklahoma Governor Mary […]

Barbarians at the Gate

By Dr. Jim Ferguson At the beginning of the movie Gladiator, the Roman emperor, Marcus Aurelius, is on campaign battling barbarians in what is current day Vienna, Austria. To a Roman, someone not a Roman was a barbarian, just as Hebrews referred to someone not Jewish as a gentile. Marcus Aurelius was considered a good […]

Is it Summer Yet?

By Ralphine Major Almost! The sights and sounds indicate as much, and the calendar is catching up. The official start of summer happens this week, June 20. Jesus even mentioned the season in Matthew 24:32: “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; when his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know […]

Your Talent

By Joe Rector On “60 Minutes” the other Sunday, a young boy played jazz piano with the stars of the genre. He amazed even the pros with his abilities to understand the music and to include his own interpretations, something difficult for most seasoned veterans. Last weekend, I traveled with other church members to Marion, […]

Only a Rose

By Rosie Moore Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, And so are you. I had this written in my autograph book in school by a number of guys (and I’m not bragging!). June is the month when the budding roses start to bloom, in most areas. They lift their faces to the […]

What do I do for sports now?

By Alex Norman And welcome to the down time… On Sunday the NBA season came to a close with Game 7 between the Warriors and the Cavaliers.  This article is being written before that game tips off, so remember that if Cleveland doesn’t win, that’s further proof that LeBron James isn’t Michael Jordan and that […]

‘Unfortunate Situation’ But No Ethics Violation

By Sally Absher Last week the Knox County Schools Ethics Committee heard the complaint filed by Adam McKenry, Randy Susong, and Leonard Sams against Bearden High School principal Dr. John Bartlett, BHS Athletic Director Nathan Lynn, KCS Director of Facilities and Construction Doug Dillingham, and KCS Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre. McKenry and Susong were treasurer […]

A history lesson while camping

By Mike Steely All Tennessee State Parks have some connection with our state’s history but Harrison Bay State Park just north of Chattanooga touches that category more than most. The 1,200 acre park on Chickamauga Lake on Highway 58 can claim pre-statehood links through the Cherokee, an early statehood town site, and the Tennessee Valley […]

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